CowboyRobot writes: "According to the U.K.'s Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Big data could turn cancer into a "manageable" disease. A new facility, the Tumor Profiling Unit, has been set up with $4.7 million (£3 million) of public donations to explore vast datasets of cancer samples to better understand how these cells can adapt to become resistant to treatment. What's still missing is an expansive DNA database to better identify which genes are responsible for which cancers. Such a database could lead to new treatment techniques. For example if we know that two types of cancer share the same genetic cause, a drug used for one may also be used for the other."